Party Earth Review On a desolate corner near the eastern edge of Downtown stands The One-Eyed Gypsy, her domed façade draped in purple and the sweet smell of funnel cakes wafting through her door. First timers walk slowly to... ... read full review
901 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Metro Gold Line: Little Tokyo/Arts District
Tu 7pm–2am, W–Sa 5:30pm–2am, Su 9pm–2am
Downtown, Los Angeles –
On a desolate corner near the eastern edge of Downtown stands The One-Eyed Gypsy, her domed façade draped in purple and the sweet smell of funnel cakes wafting through her door.
First timers walk slowly to their tables inside so they can examine the phantasmagorical décor and eye the beaded lamps, the stuffed bison, and the assorted Coney Island kitsch like the much-loved fortune teller machine and well-worn photo booth spread throughout the front room.
Run by the same woman behind Villains Tavern, this carnival-themed dive attracts a similar crowd of vintage-clad hipsters and area musicians, as well as a packed weekend collection of barhoppers from bike-riding groups to sweater-set college kids.
If there’s no live band or resident DJ to spin 60s soul, there’s always the vintage jukebox and its classic hits to perform the musical duties, though the loudest sounds early in the evening usually come from the pair of Skeeball machines just past the dance floor.
Festive groups of girls chuck balls with an Olympic-level seriousness before bursting back onto the dance floor, as tipsy boys, their shaggy hair peeking from under wide-brimmed fedoras, devour fried Twinkies washed down with a few Tecates.
At 2am, when the upbeat crowd leaks out to the streets, The One-Eyed Gypsy closes her doors, and then her one eye, winking into the night and daring her guests not to return real soon.
A bawdy grab-bag of barhopping college kids, vintage-clad ladies, eye-linered boys, Downtown hipsters still panting from their bike ride across the bridge, new loft owners, live music seekers, artists, and wandering gypsies, 20s to mid-30s.
Frequent live music ranging from bluegrass to jazz. DJ spins 50s and 60s soul most nights. A vintage jukebox filled with classic hits picks up any slack. Trivia on Thursdays.
Two Skeeball lanes. Carnival games include an old-fashioned, hand-cranked claw machine filled with curiosities, a love-gauging game, and a fortune teller machine.
Fanciful carnival eats including pizza, corndogs, deep-fried chocolate-covered Twinkies, and funnel cakes. Happy Hour M–Sa open–9pm.
No cover charge. Grub $4–$9. Beer $4–$8, wine $9, cocktails/mixed drinks $7–$11. Valet $5.
From casual and comfortable to whimsical and elaborate: hoodies, cut-off jean shorts, plaid shirts, skinny jeans, denim jackets, detailed vintage dresses, fake fur coats, funky hats.
Anytime a DJ or band of interest is playing, early in the week for a chiller neighborhood vibe – especially for Thursday’s trivia night – or Fridays and Saturdays for a carnival overflowing with attendees.
Villains Tavern (1356 Palmetto Street) is owned by the same lady as Gypsy (nightlife impresario Dana Hollister) and offers a much larger cocktail selection in a fun, apothecary-style space where all the drinks are served in Mason jars.